Great Gate of Kiev
Shown is the Great Gate in Kiev, although Ukrainians call it the Golden
Gate. At one time, it was at the edge of town, but the city has grown so much that it is now in central Kiev. The Golden Gate in Kiev is not The Great Gate of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. That gate exists only as a painting finished in 1869 by Viktor Hartmann depicting a plan for a city gate in Kiev. Kiev’s Golden Gate was erected in 1037, modeled on the Golden Gate in Constantinople. It was largely destroyed by Mongols in 1240 and
reconstructed in 1982. A more recent renovation was done in the last two years, but an attempt was made to keep the gate as authentic as possible.